Sunday fatality second in as many days
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Jul 16, 2013 | 2460 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second time in two days, a person was killed in a crash on local roads.

The Georgia State Patrol said a singe-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon left a Fairmount man dead.

Charles Martin Watts, 62, lost control about 3:50 p.m. of his vehicle while northbound on Ga. 61, seven miles north of Emerson, while attempting to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a fence and a utility pole. The vehicle then overturned several times before coming to rest.

No other injuries or vehicles were involved.

In a previous crash, a 22-year-old Aragon man died after his truck was struck by another vehicle.

According to the GSP, the crash occurred Friday at 4:05 p.m. on Ga. Highway 113 and resulted in one fatality and one injury.

Kenneth Jacob Newberry of Aragon was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger and had stopped for traffic. His vehicle was hit from behind by a 2012 Chevrolet Captiva driven by John David Cook, 64, of Rockmart. After initial impact, two other stopped vehicles were hit.

Newberry died at the scene.

Cook was taken to Cartersville Medical Center for treatment. He was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and following too closely.

On Monday, the GSP said the agency had worked nine crash fatalities to date. That coincides with 2012, when the agency also had worked nine in the same time period.

“That number does not include any fatalities worked by the police departments or the sheriff’s office,” the agency said in an email.